Part of the challenge that Jose Mourinho promised to take on when he accepted the Chelsea FC manager position the second time around was to build for the future. Since Mourinho stepped down the first time, the managerial carousel at Stamford Bridge did not allow for much focus on youth or developing young talent.
Managers like Andres Villas-Boas came in with great fanfare and they beat the drum of a great “project” for Chelsea FC. Unfortunately for AVB the performance of the team was poor and he was unable to implement any sort of real change. In the meantime however he did try to play young players like Daniel Sturridge but he dismissed others like Romelu Lukaku.
Jose Mourinho on his current squad and the squad for the future:
“We have the squad that we want to have, we don’t say it’s perfect, we don’t say it’s the best, we say we like very much our squad. It’s a squad for tomorrow, for next season and also a squad with big possibilities for the next five, 10 years with so many young people. So I like my squad very much.”
The other managers that have come in such as Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez were far too preoccupied with trying to win now and not build for the future. Mourinho on the other hand has the luxury of the longterm backing of owner Roman Abramovich and he is able to focus on buying younger players with more potential.
The real challenge now for Jose Mourinho will be to bring up the players from the Chelsea FC academy and especially ones with an English passport. Players like Izzy Brown, Dom Solanke, and Lewis Baker are all stars for the England and Chelsea FC U21s but they have yet to make an impact for the senior squad.
While that may not happen this season in the Premier League, Chelsea’s involvement in other domestic competitions may give Mourinho a chance to truly build on his squad for the future.
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